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Love at First Bite (1979)

PG | | Comedy | 27 April 1979 (USA)
This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles ... See full summary »

Director:

Stan Dragoti

Writers:

Robert Kaufman (screenplay), Robert Kaufman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Count Vladimir Dracula
Susan Saint James ... Cindy Sondheim
Richard Benjamin ... Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg / Van Helsing
Dick Shawn ... Lt. Ferguson
Arte Johnson ... Renfield
Sherman Hemsley ... Reverend Mike
Isabel Sanford ... Judge R. Thomas
Barry Gordon ... Flashlight Vendor
Ronnie Schell ... Guy in Elevator
Bob Basso Bob Basso ... T.V. Repairman
Bryan O'Byrne ... Priest
Michael Pataki ... Mobster
Hazel Shermet Hazel Shermet ... Mrs. Knockwurst (Lady in Elevator)
Stanley Brock ... Erwin Newman (Cab Driver)
Danny Dayton ... Billy
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Storyline

This vampire spoof has Count Dracula moving to New York to find his Bride, after being forced to move out of his Transylvanian castle. There with the aid of assistant Renfield, he stumbles through typical New York city life situations while pursuing Cindy Soundheim. But her boyfriend, Doctor Jeff Rosenberg, realizes she is under the influence of a vampire, and tries his bumbling best to convince police Lt Ferguson of what is going on, and to help him stop Dracula. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love is Always Better The Second Bite Around! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula Sucks See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$43,885,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

First of two late 70s/early 80s spoofs of legendary characters starring George Hamilton which rejuvenated his career and both involved him wearing black capes. The other was Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981). See more »

Goofs

Vlad Tepes, the real Dracula, was named "Vladislav", not "Vladimir", as he is incorrectly named in the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Count Dracula: Shh! Children of the night, shut up!
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Alternate Versions

Although the song remained listed in the closing credits, most home video and DVD editions substituted a cover of "The Man That I Love" for the Alicia Bridges hit "I Love The Nightlife." The original audio remained intact for television airings and it was restored for the 2015 Shout Factory blu-ray release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Head of the Class: Love at First Byte (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Fly by Night
Words and Music by Charles Bernstein, Joe Long, Steve Hines
Performed by Patricia Hodges
Produced by Joe Long and Robbie Adcock for Rolling Coaster Productions
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A rarity...a film with nary a distasteful moment!
26 October 2003 | by uds3See all my reviews

Quite incredible this was made the same year as ALIEN. Seems a couple of generations earlier - a real throwback to 50's and 60's "family" movies.

Totally watchable and entertaining flick (which is somewhat MORE than can be said for Hamilton's follow-up, ZORRO THE GAY BLADE). The strength of the film lies in its principals. Hamilton as suave and out-of-the-20th-century-loop Count Vladimir Dracula, Susan St James in what was inarguably her best screen role as NY super model Cindy Sondheim, and ever-funny Richard Benjamin as Dr Jeffrey Rosenberg..a distant relation of Dr Van Helsing no less!

Both are in love with Cindy who is torn every which way emotionally, even allowing for her understandable concern as to the restrictive life of a bat in general. The interplay between Hamilton and Benjamin is often priceless. The film never really aims to be anything more than what it is - a lightweight romantic comedy with bite, and this becomes it well. Particularly cheerful little ending which adds pep!

Always to be remembered for the disco sequence and I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE which still conjures up for me so vividly those dance-floor scenes. No way a masterpiece - simply a film which holds very pleasant memories for many people I imagine!


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